Building a local food infrastructure has as much to do with strengthening community as it does with planning garden plots.
By Gwendolyn Elliott
Mar 11 2014
At the moment, BFF co-founder Glenn Herlihy and his group are celebrating a small victory. With his steering committee, he just signed a memorandum of agreement with Seattle P-Patch and SPU making the Beacon Food Forest—essentially an oversized community garden—an officially organized group, subject to the rules and responsibilities of a P-Patch.
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“I found out the zoning for residential areas prohibits being able to grow food from your backyard and sell it unless you go to a farmer’s market.”
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He created a 1000 square feet garden with everything from kale and beets, to lettuce and asparagus.
“Asparagus, I think, is the best crop for the home gardener … I can say we’ve saved thousands of thousands of dollars,” Chanowk said.
Now, his urban family farm is on a mission to offer healthy produce to a neighborhood filled with convenient stores and fast food restaurants.
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